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Schools Offering Law Programs in Massachusetts


Each year, approximately 2.7% of Massachusetts graduates receive degrees in law. In other words, every year an estimated 5,880 law professionals graduate from Massachusetts' 62 law schools.

Top Schools

Harvard University, which was ranked 0th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Massachusetts that has a law program. It is located in Cambridge. 758 students graduated with a degree in law from Harvard University in 2010. Harvard University charged in-state students $38,415 in tuition fees per year.

Tufts University, which is located in Medford, is the second-ranked school in Massachusetts that has a law program. It received a ranking of 12th in the country in 2010. In 2010, 18 students graduated from Tufts University law program. The tuition rate at Tufts University was $41,598 per year.

Amherst College, which was ranked 12th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in Massachusetts that has a law program. It is located in Amherst. In 2010, Amherst College graduated 14 students from its law programs. Students at Amherst College paid $40,862 per year in tuition fees.

Cost

If you are hoping to attend one of Massachusetts' law schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $16,750 per year, though tuition can range from $41,598 per year to $3,144 per year. In 2010, the following Massachusetts law schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Tufts University - located in Medford, students are charged $41,598 per year
  2. Hampshire College - located in Amherst, students are charged $41,299 per year
  3. Amherst College - located in Amherst, students are charged $40,862 per year

The law schools in Massachusetts that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Bunker Hill Community College - located in Charlestown, students are charged $3,144 per year
  2. Roxbury Community College - located in Boston, students are charged $3,192 per year
  3. Holyoke Community College - located in Holyoke, students are charged $3,276 per year

A law degree from a Massachusetts school... what next?

Law clerk, administrative judge, police officer, court clerk, and paralegal are the professions of choice for a majority of law graduates in Massachusetts. 49,560 law professionals were working in Massachusetts in 2010. Of these, 16,710 were lawyers. In addition, 240 were law clerks, and 60 were administrative judges. The largest populations of Massachusetts law professional are working in the following counties:

  1. Bristol County - 33,680 law professionals
  2. Hartford County - 3,920 law professionals
  3. Windham County - 3,350 law professionals

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by 2018, an estimated 58,150 law professionals will be working in Massachusetts. This would require the number of law professional to grow by 4%.

Salary

On average, law professionals earn $68,569 per year. However, Massachusetts law professional earned anywhere in the range from as less than $19,190 per year to more than $165,310 per year in 2010. The following counties in Massachusetts have the highest average salaries for law professionals:

  1. Barnstable County - $68,603 per year
  2. Bristol County - $66,399 per year
  3. Middlesex County - $65,928 per year

On average, law professionals earn the least in the following Massachusetts counties:

  1. Berkshire County - $53,312 per year
  2. Essex County - $53,753 per year
  3. Windham County - $58,784 per year

The law professionals with highest average salaries in Massachusetts were:

  1. Lawyer - $128,370 per year
  2. Administrative Judge - $127,350 per year
  3. Police Detective - $75,590 per year

The law professionals with lowest average salaries in Massachusetts were:

  1. Court Clerk - $41,920 per year
  2. Law Clerk - $41,020 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in law in Massachusetts and to compare salaries with various related fields such as forensic accounting or public administration, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Law in Massachusetts
  • Bachelor's Degree in Law in Massachusetts
  • Master's Degree in Law in Massachusetts
  • Doctoral Degree in Law in Massachusetts
  • Certificate in Law in Massachusetts

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
1
Lawyers 16,710 $128,370 18.3%
2
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 16,330 $55,300 6.3%
3
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 6,530 $50,290 -9.6%
4
Legal Secretaries 6,260 $48,090 -17.0%
5
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 1,790 $75,590 65.7%
6
Court, Municipal, and License Clerks 1,570 $41,920 48.1%
7
Judicial Law Clerks 240 $41,020
8
Fish and Game Wardens 70 $49,190 -30.0%
9
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers 60 $127,350 -68.4%
 

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